Conversations with friends: Where have you seen the cast before?

The long-awaited BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends is finally here to fill the void in the form of regular people in your life, and no doubt millions of us will be enjoying all 12 episodes in the days and weeks to come.

Among the cast are some familiar faces from a variety of movies and TV shows, so if it bothers you where you know them all from, let us help you with that…

Sasha LaneBobbi

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Sasha is best known for her role as Hunter C-20 in the first season of the Marvel Disney+ series Loki and for appearing in the US Amazon Prime remake of the Channel 4 drama Utopia, playing Jessica Hyde.

His film roles also include 2016’s American Honey, 2018’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, and 2019’s Hellboy.

You may also recognize Sasha from appearing in Lewis Capaldi’s video for his hit Before You Go.

Alison Oliver (French)

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Conversations with Friends marks Alison’s first major television role, and it looks like she will become a household name alongside her co-stars, like Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal.

Following Conversations With Friends, Alison will also appear in the upcoming BBC drama Best Interests alongside Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen in 2023.

Joe AlwynNick

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Conversation with Friends is actually only Joe’s second television credit, as he previously appeared in the BBC’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol in 2019, in which he played Bob Cratchit.

He is probably best known for his big screen roles in The Favorite and Mary Queen Of Scots, starring opposite Olivia Colman and Margot Robbie, respectively.

Of course, many may also know Joe from his relationship with Taylor Swift, who he has been with since 2016.

He even won a Grammy Award in 2021 for his co-writing work on Taylor’s Folklore album.

Jemima Kirke (Melissa)

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If you’re a fan of sex education, you’ll probably recognize Jemima from the latest series of the hit Netflix show, where she was introduced as Hope, the new Headmistress of Moordale High School.

Before that, she appeared as Jessa Johansson in all six seasons of Lena Dunham’s Girls and as Adelaide in Netflix’s Maniac, while her film credits include Tiny Furniture and Untogether.

Jemima also appeared in the video for Zayn Malik and Sia’s 2017 hit Dusk Til Dawn.

Justine MitchellPaula

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Justine is best known in her native Ireland, where she starred in the 2010 sketch show Your Bad Self and the recent sitcom Finding Joy.

She also played a detective in the ITV drama Cheat and starred in the Alibi drama Smother, with other guest appearances such as Wild At Heart and Doctors.

Most recently, Justine appeared in the final season of Derry Girls, playing an adult Janette.

Tommy Tiernan (Dennis)

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Irish comedian Tommy hosts his own chat show The Tommy Tiernan Show, which has been airing since 2017.

Of course, Derry Girls fans will also recognize him for playing Gerry in all three series of the Channel 4 sitcom.

His other television credits include Small Potatoes and Little Crackers, while he also appeared in Ed Sheeran’s music video for Galway Girl.

Alex Murphy (Philip)

Alex Murphy in Juvenile Delinquents
Alex Murphy in Juvenile Delinquents

You may recognize Alex from his breakout role as Conor MacSweeney in the 2016 comedy film The Young Offenders, a role he reprized for the BBC Three sitcom of the same name two years later.

Tadhg Murphy (Derek)

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Tadhg appeared in the Sky One sitcom Brassic alongside Michelle Keegan, playing the role of Gary.

He had a guest role on Amazon Prime’s Absentia, and his other credits include the Canadian drama Vikings.

Sallay Garnett (Evelyn)

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In addition to being an actor, Salley is also a singer and goes by the stage name of Loah.

Salley also appeared alongside Conversations With Friends co-star Justine Mitchell in Finding Joy, while her other credits include the Irish drama Striking Out.

Kerry Fox (Valerie)

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New Zealand actor Kerry has made guest appearances in a host of British dramas, including The Split, Last Tango In Halifax, National Treasure, Death In Paradise and Vera.

Conversations With Friends starts Sunday at 10pm on BBC Three, and all episodes are also available as a box set on BBC iPlayer.

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